Trip question

Tuesday, February 12, 2002 12:06 PM
I'm allowed to go to a park or two sometime soon over the weekend.  Should I go to Kennywood or PKD and BGW?
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Tuesday, February 12, 2002 12:15 PM
Well, have you been to any of those places before?  (Early in the season be sure to check park schedules to make sure they're open that particular weekend)

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Tuesday, February 12, 2002 1:34 PM
I suggest you check each park's operating hours before you decide...something tells me at least one of them won't be open on "a weekend soemtime soon." 
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Tuesday, February 12, 2002 2:19 PM
PKD and BGW open March 23.  I suspect that you are out of luck before then.  I'm pretty sure that Kennywood operns later.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2002 3:23 PM
Kennywood opens daily this year May 10th. It does have earlier preview days though.
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 11:18 AM
sorry about the weird wording.  i meant soon after they open.  i've never been to either of them.
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 11:21 AM
All depends on where you live and if you want to make it a day trip or not.

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 12:15 PM
Raptor39 - in order for us to give you our recommendations we need to know more about you.  What kind of parks do you like?  Are you going strictly for coasters or a whole park experience?  Do you prefer quality coasters or do you just want to ride a whole bunch?  Those are the kinds of things we need to know.

Matthew

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 12:24 PM
I'd say go to PKD and BGW.  I've only been to BGW and I haven't been to Kennywood or PKD, I've gotten a glimpse when I drove past.  I guess if you like a classic park with one outstanding coaster, go to Kennywood definately.  PKD might not be awesome by itself but the mixture of the coasters there and the coasters and theming (outstanding theming!) at BGW, it makes a perfect mix.  That's just my personal preference though.  I think it's awesome how you walk into BGW and you don't see any coasters because off all the trees and buildings!  And if you do go shortly after opening like I did, the lines are next to nothing I rode all the coasters there multiple times in 5 hours and some flat rides too.  And now my favorite rollercoaster is Apollo's Chariot, not that Alpengiest, Lochness Monster, and even Wilde Maus weren't amazing (Big Bad Wolf was closed the entire time I was there! : () )  But I don't want to end up writing a book, I'll just sum up BGW for you.  Great coasters, great theming, great service, great food, great lines, great flat rides, great setting, and overall beauty!  Well ok I think I've said enough.
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 1:50 PM
SFGamDieHard - if you've never been to Kennywood, how do you know they only have one good coaster?  Shouldn't you wait until you've ridden them to make that judgement?  And more importantly, wouldn't it be a good idea to know what Raptor39 is looking for before you go recommending parks?
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 2:16 PM
Kennywood never dissapoints. 
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 2:36 PM
Kennywood has some great coasters (some of the best)They also have a wonderful relaxing park. There is a lot to do for all ages. This park is my second favorite after IOA.
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 3:02 PM
Kennywood -- excellent small, traditional park.  Great rides, especially if you like wooden coasters.  PR is a pretty cool steel, but there are better out there.

PKD -- Launched coasters.  Plenty of them.  If you like wooden coasters, stay away.  However, for pure thrills this park is probably your best bet.

BGW -- Great all around atmosphere.  This is a park where you really need a full day to take it all in.  Alpengeist is one the best inverts out there and Apollo's Chariot is an excellent hyper.  No wooden coasters, but Nessy and BBW are both fun. 

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 3:14 PM
For a great park experience, I would recommend Kennywood over everything. Very relaxing, Racer is decent, Jack Rabbit's double dip is the single biggest moment of airtime on any coaster I've been on, Thunderbolt is a classic must-ride, and Phantom's Revenge is incredibly intense, but very short.
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Friday, February 15, 2002 4:40 AM
Or just say screw all of the above and go to HersheyPark. It has a better "all around" experience than any of the other parks. But I digress...

Specifically on the three parks mentioned, if I had the choice between Kennywood or PKD AND BGW, I'd always pick TWO parks over one! But if you can only visit ONE of the parks, I guess I'd have to say BGW. Even though they are lacking a good wooden coaster, the other rides pretty much make up for it. Every (major) coaster they have is "best in class" material. The food there is GREAT! And of course it is a very visually appealing park. One thing to note though, the terrain is very hilly. If any of your party has trouble navagating hills, go to PKD instead!
lata,
jeremy
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